‘Tis the season to check in with your Acura and perform a tidy tune up.
A tune up is scheduled sweep of all maintenance items that are to be examined throughout your vehicle’s lifetime. Tune ups are important- think of them like the physical exam for the human body. All systems are inspected, glitches are detected and fixed before they turn problematic, and the whole of the car is fine-tuned to make sure it lasts its life expectancy.
Tune ups are scheduled every 3,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on what the car needs. Little repairs, such as filter changes, occur in the high-frequency schedules while big replacements, such as oxygen and air sensor replacements are suggested between every 50,000 and 100,000 miles.
Depending on the remedying and replacing of Acura genuine parts, the cost of a tune up can vary. A great way to save money is to roll up your sleeves and get to working on your car yourself. Below, we’ll detail the signs that indicate your vehicle is due for a tune up and what is involved in each part of an inspection.
Signs that your Acura needs a tune up
- Check the engine light. Don’t ignore the icons that illuminate in your dashboard. It’s easy to look past them because many times, their referenced problems do not amount to much. However, there is usually something that needs looking into, so take advantage of that little light cluing you into a checkup.
- Decreased fuel efficiency. If you notice you’re going through gas more quickly than usual or your fuel efficiency monitor indicates a decrease, it might not be that you’ve suddenly become aggressive on the road. You might have a clogged filter, or there could be a more serious problem. Time for investigation!
- Hard to start. There are several causes for a vehicle that is or feels hard to start. The causes range from mild to severe, so this is an important time to give your car a tune up.
- Heavy exhaust. In an Acura, a heavy exhaust could indicate a leak or an inaccurate mixture of fuels. Check out the exhaust pipes and mufflers for damage or blockage. If the problem still persists, further analysis is needed.
- Jagged feeling while idling. If you feel more than your regular rumble beneath your feet and seat while stalled, there’s definitely a part of your car that needs attention.
- Knocking. If it sounds like a pinball machine has opened for gaming in your car, there’s likely a lubrication deficiency. Now is definitely a good time to take your car in or out back for a thorough examination.
- Loss of power. When you motor loses power, don’t automatically assume the worst. It might not be a problem generated in the engine. Sometimes, the filters get clogged by debris which can cause the engine to stall, so all you really need to do is swap out your filters and fluids, and you’re good to go.
- Squeaking from the engine. If you can hear an engine compartment squeaking, you could need some WD-40, or there could be parts that have jimmied out of place.
- Unresponsive breaking or turning. This is a given, but when your turning becomes stiff or breaking seems slow, there’s definitely a problem to address! If you don’t know precisely how to search for the error and solution, get your car to a mechanic ASAP.
How to do a tune up
With the help of this list, your OEM Acura owner’s manual and our vast selection of discount Acura parts, performing the tune up yourself is manageable. Some parts are relatively similarly priced to those at a shop, but you will save immensely on the cost of labor since you’ll be putting in the work yourself.
What’s involved in a tune up:
- Brake pad and rotor replacement. You’ll want a professional at your side to replace brake pads and rotors, or at least one to survey your final work.
- Fuel filter. This filter is the line between your gas tank and engine. It can get clogged and impact performance, but luckily, it is an easy fix.
- Mass air flow sensor. Remove this piece between the air intake filter and engine to see if it’s dirty. Clean it up or replace it with a fresh new one.
- New wires. Simply remove each wire and replace it. Do it one at a time to make sure you replace the wires in the correct spots!
- Oil and filter. Remove the filter and drain the oil from your engine from beneath the car. Synthetic blends are great for fuel efficiency and high mileage vehicles and can save you money in the long run by keeping the car well lubricated.
- Oxygen sensor changes. You’ll need to access tight spots beneath the car, but if you’re up for the challenge, oxygen sensors can still be DIY projects.
- PCV valve. A once-a-year fix, PCV valve replacement is one of the easiest to complete yourself.
- Performing alignment. Your suspension system (which connects your wheels) can get knocked out of place as you go over potholes or other natural grooves in the street. It is important to electronically measure the adjustments to ensure the suspension in set to original factory specifications.
- Power steering flush. A power steering flush keeps wheels turning smoothly and efficiently. Again, it’s not always required so check your owner’s manual.
- Replacing filters. There are two main filters- one in the engine compartment and one near the cabin- that can be quickly replaced.
- Replacing plugs. Get yourself a specialized ratchet head with an extension and get ready for a game of Operation. The spark plugs can be tricky to release but ultimately, they are pretty easy to replace.
- Timing belt replacement. It’s a big time investment, but replacing your timing belt is necessary to keep crank shaft and cam shaft synced so the engine can run properly.
- Transmission fluid flush. Always be cautious with the trans fluid flush- it isn’t needed as often as it's recommended.
With the New Year around the corner, there’s no better time to tune up your Acura for the smoothest ride in 2017. For any Acura discount parts or maintenance questions you have, Discount Parts Monster is happy to help! Check out our online inventory and feel free to reach out to our team. Best of luck with your tune up.